STABLE HOUSING: the vital platform for child & family health & well-being.
Translating research into adaptable
To catalyze the development and implementation of integrated strategies in communities that improve housing stability as the vital platform for child, youth and family health and well-being.
Envisioning a New Response
The detrimental impacts of housing instability on cognitive, emotional, physical and development growth are well-documented – yet are often ignored by mainstream and community-based service systems. that are best-positioned to serve as First Responders to indicators of housing distress. In response, we are promoting the systematic integration of housing intervention strategies into mainstream and community-based services systems across diverse sectors—including education, healthcare, and child, youth and family services.
Recent Research on Detrimental Impacts of Housing Instability
on Child and Family Health & Well-Being >>
The New First Responders
- EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
- PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS
- HIGHER EDUCATION
- CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES
- CHILD WELFARE
- HEALTH & MENTAL HEALTH CARE
- NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY CENTERS
COVID-19 & Housing Instability
The Coronavirus Pandemic has illuminated the affordable housing crisis through a different lens: the need for social distancing, sheltering-in-place, and isolating people possibly exposed to, exhibiting symptoms of, or actually testing positive for the virus. All of these are impossible to do in overcrowded housing – and certainly for those without a safe and stable place to live.
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- We are introducing a new housing-focused framework and basic guidelines to help mediate the detrimental impacts of housing instability on child & family health and well-being. We present a collaborative and cross-sector approach to housing interventions that can be adapted and integrated into existing policies and practices.
- The content is both simple and complex. We are presenting an often overlapping set of issues for a diverse audience—in language and with terms that are continually evolving. A major goal is the integration of housing assessments and interventions into mainstream and community-based services delivery systems—with a focus on education, healthcare and mental healthcare, and child, youth, and family services.
- The provision of housing interventions along a continuum of need will also help to prevent family homelessness at its earliest stage. This effort requires the development of new interventions or the scaling up of existing interventions. It also requires collaborative and cross-sector efforts with often non-traditional partners. Simple strategies and guidelines are presented to facilitate the evolution of concentric circles along a continuum of need to create housing safety nets in communities across the country.
The image on the left shows a bar faucet installed in the bathtub of a small studio apartment to limit tenant water use.
A family of five shares the 300-square-foot apartment, with three school-age children sleeping on blankets on the closet floor.
The entire family has been forced to bathe using buckets filled with water.
There is no shower installation.